Mattoon and Charleston Area Railroads

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Railroads were instrumental to the development of Mattoon and Charleston, twin cities located in Coles County in east-central Illinois. The railroads enabled both cities to become regional centers for agriculture, industry, and commerce. The Illinois Central Railroad and New York Central System maintained shops, yards, and offices in Mattoon, while the Nickel Plate Road had shops, offices, and a yard in Charleston. In the early 20th century, the railroads were the major source of employment in both cities. Dozens of passenger trains stopped at the local stations. The phasing out of steam locomotives following World War II led to the closing of the shops. Railroad consolidation that began in the 1960s would lead to abandonment of routes and greatly diminish the importance of the railroads to the economies of Mattoon and Charleston.
ISBN: 9780738552286
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Images of Rail
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Craig Sanders, a native of Mattoon, was a keen observer of the local railroads while living there and while attending Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Now a resident of University Heights, Ohio, he is also the author of Akron Railroads. Sanders teaches journalism at Cleveland State University.
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